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Oral health shouldn’t be thought to be unrelated to the overall health of your body. In particular, gum disease increases the risk of serious health problems, including heart diseases. It can also lower the resistance to infections, increase the severity of diabetes, and contribute to respiratory disease and a weakened immune system.
Cosmetic dental treatments have become increasingly popular in recent years. Nowadays, there are a wide range of procedures available in the field. Whether you’re missing teeth or you’re looking to enhance the appearance of your smile, there are several dental procedures available that can give you a natural-looking smile whilst allowing you to eat and talk comfortably. Popular cosmetic dental procedures include veneers, tooth implants, crowns, tooth whitening treatments, and braces.
At SmileWell, we partner with the most experienced dentists and oral surgeons around the world. These specialists have the highest international accreditations and perform a variety of dental treatments for up to 80% less than the average cost in the UK, the US, and Australia.
Whitening toothpastes contain an abrasive material that scrapes off stains on the surface of the teeth to polish them. While whitening toothpastes can prevent further staining, there is little evidence to suggest that they lighten teeth, and what is worse, the abrasive particles can wear away tooth enamel. Bleaching kits that contain hydrogen peroxide and that are worn overnight for up to two weeks are more effective than whitening toothpastes. In-surgery laser whitening is known to lighten teeth up to 11 shades and takes just 30 minutes to 1 hour to perform. During this procedure, the dentist will apply a whitening gel containing hydrogen peroxide to your teeth. If the tooth enamel itself is stained or is discoloured because of tetracycline use or a dead nerve, then laser whitening may not work and a veneer might be a better option. If you have fillings, crowns or veneers on the front teeth, these will not change colour and could look out of place if you whiten your teeth.
Exposure to high levels of radiation can be dangerous. Fortunately, because of advances in dentistry, during a routine exam, dental X-ray machines emit only about 0.005 mSv. This is equivalent to less than one day of natural background radiation or to a 1-2 hour airplane flight. Although modern dental X-ray machines prevent stray radiation, a lead-lined, full-body apron will also be used for added protection.
Veneers are thin shells that are bonded to the front surface of the teeth. There are two main materials used for veneers: resin composite and porcelain.
Bone grafting is the placement of either natural or synthetic bone material to an area where natural bone is not sufficient. This may be performed at the time of the implant placement, or as a separate procedure before the implant is placed.
A crown is a prosthetic tooth that is placed on top of an implant to cap a damaged tooth and provide a tooth-like shape. Crowns are custom-made and fitted to match the other natural teeth in colour, size, and shape.
A bridge is a prosthetic tooth that closes a space created by one or more missing teeth. Bridges are made up of one or more individually crafted crowns and an artificial tooth in between to replace one or more missing teeth.
The All-on-Four dental implant is a technique that involves a full-arch rehabilitation where all the teeth are supported by 4 implants. It comprises placing 4 implants (supporting 10 to 14 custom-made crowns), either in the maxilla or the mandible, or both.
Once the implant is placed into the jawbone, it is time for the implant to become a part of the jaw. This process, also known as osseointegration, takes about 3 to 6 months to complete. The healing period varies from perosn to person.
Prices of veneers vary across countries. Veneers can cost as low as €150 each in India while they can be up to €2.500 each in Germany, Australia, or the UK. Some cheaper options include Turkey (€265), Hungary (€240), and Thailand (€210).
In dentistry, a bone graft is needed when the available natural bone is not sufficient to hold a dental implant.
Permanent dental crowns can be made from gold, full porcelain, porcelain fused to gold, porcelain fused to zirconia, full zirconia, and dental composite (a synthetic resin material). Temporary solutions for crowns can be made of stainless steel and acrylic.
A dental bridge is used to close the space formed because of one or more missing teeth.
Patients eligible for this treatment are those who are typically edentulous, i.e. meaning loss of all the original adult teeth, are partially edentulous, or are suffering from a failing dentition because of advanced periodontal disease.
The screws placed into the jawbone (resembling a tooth root) are usually made of pure titanium or titanium alloy.
There are two main materials used for veneers: resin composite and porcelain. Since porcelain veneers are made up of ceramics, they last longer than composite veneers, which are made up of composite resin material.
The material used for bone grafting can be either natural or synthetic bone materials. In the first case, bone is either harvested from the patient’s own body or obtained from a bone bank. Alternatively, synthetic bone material is often made of the hydroxyapatite or other biocompatible substances.
On average, permanent dental crowns last between 5 and 15 years, depending on each individual’s oral hygiene practices and personal mouth-related habits. Temporary crowns usually last for a few weeks, and they are used as a temporary restoration until a permanent crown is ready.
Dental bridges are usually made of gold, porcelain, alloys, or a combination of these materials.
Only high-quality, durable materials are used to create a dental implant. A bone graft or sinus lift would increase the cost of the treatment. Also, additional factors like the position of the missing tooth (front tooth replacement is usually a little more expensive), X-rays, and anaesthesia affect the overall cost of the treatment. Though they are expensive, dental implants are the best and most cost-effective option in dental restoration.
There are two main materials used for veneers: resin composite and porcelain. Resin composite veneers usually last between 5 and 7 years, while porcelain veneers can last up to 20 years. How long veneers last largely depends on the overall oral care and hygiene.
With good oral hygiene and regular dental checkups, dental bridges can last up to 15 years.